Celebrating Public Health Month

By Luke Smith - Sampson Health Dept.

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings communities across the United States together to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

The national campaign educates the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to the “Healthiest Nation 2030” theme. To kick things off, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on April 1st recognizing the value public health workers deliver to our country every day. Gov. Pat McCrory also issued a proclamation in which North Carolina recognizes the entire month of April as Public Health Month and celebrates with activities throughout the month.

The Sampson County Health Department takes part in the annual celebration of the role of public health and prevention in our communities. Changing our health means ensuring conditions that give everyone the opportunity to be healthy.

Join Sampson County Health Department in celebrating Public Health Month and become a part of the movement for change. Together we can:

• Build a nation of safe, healthy communities

• Help all young people graduate from high school

• Improve the relationship between increased economic mobility and better health

• Improve social justice and health

• Give everyone a choice of healthy food

• Prepare for the health effects of climate change

• Provide quality health care for everyone

• Strengthen public health infrastructure and capacity

To learn more about Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org. To learn more about public health efforts in your community, contact the Sampson County Health Department at 910-592-1131 or visit www.sampsonnc.com. You can also find us on Facebook.

By Luke Smith

Sampson Health Dept.

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